MELBOURNE: Sri Lanka's gloom over their shattering innings capitulation to Australia deepened with news yesterday that star batsman Kumar Sangakkara will miss the rest of the tour with a fractured finger.
Sangakkara, who only joined the exclusive 10,000-run Test club with his 58 in the first innings of the second Melbourne Test, is booked in for surgery on a fractured left index finger after being struck on the glove by rampant Mitchell Johnson.
Sangakkara will be out for between six to eight weeks, meaning he will miss Sri Lanka's final Test in Sydney, along with five one-day internationals and two Twenty20 games over the next month.
Sri Lanka will be struggling to field 11 fit players from their tour squad with three other players injured from the first two Tests of the Australia series.
Wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene has a hairline thumb fracture after also being struck by a Johnson delivery and pace bowlers Chanaka Welegedara (hamstring) and Nuwan Kulasekara (ribs) are unlikely to be fit.